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RBA 2008: A Year in Review

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  1. 2. Rockledge Baseball Association 2008: A Year in Review By: RBA Commissioner Anthony Mendillo
  2. 3. The GM’s <ul><li>West Division: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Atlanta Meatflutes : Garrett Hinton </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearwater Carp : Ryan Sadorf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fairhaven Hammers : Erik Tate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gotham City Batmans : Steve Rukstalis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St. Pete Sliders : Anthony Mendillo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tampa Bandits : Lee Cohen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tampa Trojans : Aaron Cook </li></ul></ul><ul><li>East Division: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alabama Gumps : Alex Cohen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brevard County Bombers : Andy Glover </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lauderdale Lake Monsters : Bryan Cook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rockledge Braves : Kevin Collins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suffolk County Hurricanes : Chris Bonanno </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toronto Dynasty : Steve Condotta </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toronto Titans : Jonathan Baksh </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. NEW RULES for 2008 <ul><li>League Entry Fee Highlights Year Two Rules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$10 fee per GM = $140 in pot; breakdown: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$100 awarded to First Place </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$30 to Second Place </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$10 to Third Place </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Scoring System Change </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A new scoring system was put in place for 2008. Instead of adding up the total categories won to name the victor, the new rule allows for the team which wins the most categories is awarded a “W” and be “1-0”. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other New Rules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Team name must include a geographical city, region, or place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All trades must be passed by newly appointed “Trade Commissioner” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All teams must compile a minimum of 25 innings pitched per week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If team does not obey, team will serve a two-week probation period with no trades/acquisitions & will lose their 5 th round draft pick the following year </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 5. RBA Expands <ul><li>The RBA welcomed two new GM’s at the start 2008, making the league 14 teams deep (considered an above average fantasy league). Erik Tate’s Fairhaven Hammers joined the West Division while Bryan Cook’s Lauderdale Lake Monsters did battle in the East Division. Both GM’s proved to be terrific additions to RBA. Will the RBA expand again in 2009? </li></ul>
  5. 6. THE TRADE COMMISSIONER <ul><li>The RBA welcomed Tom Mendillo aka the “Trade Master” to the league back in March of 2008. Coach Tom’s role was to objectively review and therefore decided if the trade should be passed or be vetoed. Below is his first post in the RBA . Has he lived up to these promises? </li></ul><ul><li>March 4, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>I, Coach Tom, being of sound mind and dazzling baseball expertise solemnly swear to be a fair and equitable “Trade Commissioner” ( I prefer Trade Guru OR Trade Master) for the 2008 Rockledge Baseball Association. Now that my oath is out of the way, let me say: I am sure that you may experience an instance or two where you may disagree with the findings of my office. However, I would certainly hope that you take a moment, pause for some reflection, and realize that my immeasurable knowledge of the game of baseball supersedes any weak or lame complaint you novices may have regarding my decision. My findings for each transaction will be accompanied with an explanation as to why the said deal was accepted or voided. There will also be times when I ask for the opinions of non-involved GMs that have nothing to gain by the results of the trade being approved or not. I cannot say with complete candor that I will use these opinions but I do want some of you to feel important. I must admit that I am quite excited to be appointed this most prestigious of positions and I look forward to enlightening each and every one of you with my astute and prudent judgments. You can rest assure that I will rule the Trade Segment of the RBA with King Solomon like wisdom and Mother Teresa like compassion. Yours Truly, The Trade Commish </li></ul>
  6. 7. THE TRADE COMMISSIONER (2) <ul><li>Below is one of many contributions that the Trade Commish brought to the table early on in the year… </li></ul>
  7. 8. THE DRAFT : March 9 th , 8:45pm <ul><li>Draft Order (based on 2007 final standings): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fairhaven Hammers* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lauderdale Lake Monsters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alabama Gumps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Atlanta Meatflutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tampa Bandits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearwater Carp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rockledge Braves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toronto Titans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suffolk County Hurricanes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gotham City Batmans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tampa Trojans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brevard County Bombers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St. Pete Sliders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toronto Dynasty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*Won coin flip against Lake Monsters to receive first pick. </li></ul></ul>BJ Upton, selected by Erik Tate of the Fairhaven Hammers and eventually traded to the Meaflutes, was the number one pick in the 2008 RBA draft and a major disappointment in 2008.
  8. 9. 2008 DRAFT RECAP (1 of 6)
  9. 14. The Best of the Worst: Player: Drafted By: Round: Al Reyes Braves 2 nd (as a Keeper!) Dontrelle Willis Braves 7 th Andruw Jones Titans 8 th Rich Hill Carp 10 th Carlos Ruiz Lake Monsters 15 th Curt Schilling Sliders 16 th Frank Thomas Hurricanes 16 th Felix Pie Batmans 19 th
  10. 15. “ Little Hitler” Terrorizes RBA Meatflutes GM, Garrett Hinton, is seen here in an artist rendering created by Aaron Cook on February 27 th . To say this picture sparked WW3 is an understatement.
  11. 16. Aaron Cook: Wikipedia Legend This was no “basket of corn”… <ul><li>April 4 th , 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Or should it be April 2 nd , 2002? Either way, the “Cook to be Featured in Sporting News” post was one of the funniest things that happened in the RBA this year… </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s the actual published article, followed by the post, and a to-scale diagram of the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”: </li></ul>
  12. 18. RBA ALL-STARS Based on ESPN Player Rater Scoring on Friday, July 11 th . <ul><li>First Team: </li></ul><ul><li>C: Russell Martin, Hammers </li></ul><ul><li>1B: Albert Pujols, Bandits </li></ul><ul><li>2B: Chase Utley, Batmans </li></ul><ul><li>3B: Chipper Jones, Braves (now Bombers) </li></ul><ul><li>SS: Hanley Ramirez, Meatflutes (now Titans) </li></ul><ul><li>LF: Matt Holliday, Bandits </li></ul><ul><li>CF: Josh Hamilton, Batmans </li></ul><ul><li>RF: Lance Berkman, Meatflutes </li></ul><ul><li>SP: Cliff Lee, Lake Monsters </li></ul><ul><li>SP: Brandon Webb, Titans </li></ul><ul><li>SP: Dan Haren, Lake Monsters </li></ul><ul><li>RP: Francisco Rodriguez, Hammers </li></ul><ul><li>RP: Mariano Rivera, Hurricanes </li></ul><ul><li>Second Team: </li></ul><ul><li>C: Joe Mauer, Sliders </li></ul><ul><li>1B: Kevin Youkilis, Braves </li></ul><ul><li>2B: Ian Kinsler, Sliders </li></ul><ul><li>3B: Alex Rodriguez, Trojans </li></ul><ul><li>SS: Jose Reyes, Dynasty </li></ul><ul><li>LF: Ryan Braun, Meatflutes </li></ul><ul><li>CF: Nate McClouth, Sliders (now Batmans) </li></ul><ul><li>RF: Milton Bradley, Trojans </li></ul><ul><li>SP: Roy Holliday, Bombers </li></ul><ul><li>SP: Tim Lincecum, Trojans </li></ul><ul><li>SP: Edison Volquez, Meatflutes </li></ul><ul><li>RP: Kerry Wood, Hammers </li></ul><ul><li>RP: Carlos Marmol, Sliders </li></ul>
  13. 19. Trade Deadline – August 8 th , 2008 <ul><li>August 1: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Titans traded Ryan Ludwick & Trevor Hoffman to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lake Monsters for Nick Markakis & Manny Parra </li></ul></ul><ul><li>August 4: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lee Cohen announces that Albert Pujols is on the block; dozens of terrible offers ensue; blockbuster trade with Dynasty falls apart hours before deadline </li></ul></ul><ul><li>August 6: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sliders traded Nate McLouth & Clayton Kershaw to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Batmans for Jason Bay & Gavin Floyd </li></ul></ul><ul><li>August 8: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carp traded Aubrey Huff to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hurricanes for Shane Victorino & Brandon Morrow </li></ul></ul>
  14. 20. The Playoff Race! <ul><li>Week 18 : SLIDERS clinch playoff spot; eight other teams still in contention for final three sports </li></ul><ul><li>Week 20 : TITANS clinch second playoff spot; Braves and Gumps eliminated </li></ul><ul><li>Week 21 : BOMBERS clinch third playoff spot; Hammers eliminated </li></ul><ul><li>Week 22 : Lake Monsters eliminated; Dynasty, Canes, Bandits, Meatflutes, Trojans still alive </li></ul><ul><li>Week 23 : Dynasty lose to Carp and end playoff hopes; Trojans stay alive with victory over Hurricanes </li></ul><ul><li>Week 24 : Bandits tie Hammers and are eliminated; Trojans lose to Bombers and are eliminated; MEATFLUTES defeat Hurricanes and win tie breaker to clinch final playoff spot </li></ul>
  15. 21. Final Regular Season Standings
  16. 22. The Playoffs <ul><li>St. Pete Sliders </li></ul><ul><li>Atlanta Meatflutes </li></ul><ul><li>RBA Championship: </li></ul><ul><li>St. Pete Sliders </li></ul><ul><li>Brevard County Bombers </li></ul><ul><li>Consolation Bracket: </li></ul><ul><li>Atlanta Meatflutes </li></ul><ul><li>Toronto Titans </li></ul><ul><li>Toronto Titans </li></ul><ul><li>Brevard County Bombers </li></ul><ul><li>PRIZE MONEY </li></ul><ul><li>First Place: SLIDERS = $100 </li></ul><ul><li>Second Place: BOMBERS = $30 </li></ul><ul><li>Third Place: MEATFLUTES = $10 </li></ul>Sliders Bombers 12-5-2 14-5-0 SLIDERS WIN!!! Meatflutes Win! 11-7-1 12-5-2
  17. 23. 2008 RBA Champions! <ul><li>St. Pete Sliders (21-5) </li></ul><ul><li>GM: Anthony Mendillo </li></ul><ul><li>Roster: </li></ul><ul><li>C: Joe Mauer SP: Johan Santana </li></ul><ul><li>1B: Adrian Gonzalez SP: Cole Hamels </li></ul><ul><li>2B: Ian Kinsler SP: Justin Verlander </li></ul><ul><li>SS: Jimmy Rollins SP: Scott Baker </li></ul><ul><li>3B: David Wright SP: Ted Lilly </li></ul><ul><li>LF: Jason Bay SP: Gavin Floyd </li></ul><ul><li>CF: Grady Sizemore </li></ul><ul><li>RF: Matt Kemp RP: Brad Lidge </li></ul><ul><li>UT: Corey Hart RP: Mike Gonzalez </li></ul><ul><li>BE: Ryan Church RP: Carlos Marmol </li></ul><ul><li>BE: Alberto Callapso RP: Grant Balfour </li></ul><ul><li>BE: Hank Blalock RP: Chris Perez </li></ul>
  18. 24. Road to the Title! <ul><li>Week 1 : Carp W (12-7-0) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 2 : Batmans L (9-10-0) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 3 : Trojans W (14-3-2) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 4 : Hammers L (6-13-0) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 5 : Dynasty W (11-8-0) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 6 : Bandits W (10-8-1) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 7 : Meatflutes W (10-7-2) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 8 : Carp W (11-8-0) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 9 : Batmans W (9-8-2) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 10 : Trojans W (13-4-2) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 11 : Hammers W (14-5-0) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 12 : Bombers L (8-10-1) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 13 : Bandits W (12-7-0) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 14 : Meatflutes W (15-3-1) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 15 : Carp W (10-8-1) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 16 : Batmans W (12-5-2) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 17 : Trojans W (10-8-1) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 18 : Hammers W (13-6-0) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 19 : Titans L (5-14-0) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 20 : Bandits W (10-9-0) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 21 : Meatflutes W (11-7-1) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 22 : Gumps W (16-3-0) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 23 : Braves L (6-12-1) </li></ul><ul><li>Week 24 : Dynasty W (14-3-2) </li></ul><ul><li>ROUND 1 : Meatflutes W (12-5-2) </li></ul><ul><li>CHAMPIONSHIP : Bombers W (11-7-1) </li></ul>St. Pete Sliders: Final Results
  19. 25. West vs. East <ul><li>West Division </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Home of: 1 st (Sliders) and 3 rd (Meatflutes) place teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Four teams at .500 or better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Division Winning % </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(including playoffs) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Final Record: 83-85-14 = .495 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>East Division </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Home of 2 nd place team (Bombers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three teams at .500 or better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Division Winning % </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(including playoffs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Final Record: 88-86-8 = .505 </li></ul></ul></ul>Which Division is tougher? Based on these facts, it looks like that is up for debate!
  20. 26. Keepers For 2009 <ul><li>Maximum Allowed Keepers for the 2009 season: 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Notable Players Not Being Kept… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brad Lidge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carlos Marmol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ryan Church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedro Martinez </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jim Thome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travis Hafner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carlos Gomez </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ryan Theriot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delmon Young </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mat Gamel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ty Wiggington </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brad Hawpe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Johnny Peralta </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raul Ibanez </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mark Buerhle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Huston Street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mark Reynolds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eric Byrnes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mike Pelfry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Placido Polanco </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conar Jackson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kevin Slowey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ryan Doumit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trevor Hoffman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>George Sherill </li></ul></ul>
  21. 27. 2009 Draft Order (based on 2008 regular season standings) <ul><li>1. Gotham City Batmans </li></ul><ul><li>2. Clearwater Carp </li></ul><ul><li>3. Alabama Gumps </li></ul><ul><li>4. Lauderdale Lake Monsters </li></ul><ul><li>5. Rockledge Braves </li></ul><ul><li>6. Fairhaven Hammers </li></ul><ul><li>7. Toronto Dynasty </li></ul><ul><li>8. Tampa Bandits </li></ul><ul><li>9. Tampa Trojans </li></ul><ul><li>10. Suffolk County Hurricanes </li></ul><ul><li>11. Toronto Titans </li></ul><ul><li>12. Atlanta Meatflutes </li></ul><ul><li>13. Brevard County Bombers </li></ul><ul><li>14. St. Pete Sliders </li></ul>
  22. 28. 2008 RBA Photo Collage P-rex as “Batman” Bonanno on YouTube; posted by Garrett
  23. 33. THANKS FOR A GREAT SEASON! See You Next Year!